Lumia 920 might be heading to O2 in the UK

The new Nokia Lumia 920 is expected to launch at the beginning of next month. Right now EE (Everything Everywhere) is the only carrier in the UK that will get it, having signed an exclusivity deal with Nokia. But, according to an O2 employee, things might change later on.

Currently EE is the only carrier in the UK that sports LTE, and as such it's the perfect fit for Nokia's brand new device. But next year the other carriers will start rolling out their own LTE networks and they might get access to new devices. A WPCentral reader has asked O2's customer support about the availability of the Lumia 920 and has received a positive answer: O2 will eventually offer the new device, it will be LTE enabled but exact launch dates are as yet unknown.

This makes perfect sense for the carrier who will also be selling HTC's new Windows Phones as well as the Samsung ATIV S. However we would also recommend taking this with a grain of salt, as it wouldn't be the first time a low-level employee gets things wrong.

Source: WPCentral

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EE's and 3's LTE is being provided using bands similar to that of the US, correct? So when O2 and Vodaphone launch their LTE on bands usually used in Europe next year isn't this gonna cause a massive problem because most phones won't have radios that can use both

thealexweb said,
EE's and 3's LTE is being provided using bands similar to that of the US, correct? So when O2 and Vodaphone launch their LTE on bands usually used in Europe next year isn't this gonna cause a massive problem because most phones won't have radios that can use both

Mostly correct, yes. The iPhone 5 A1429 (the 'European' one, as available on EE) covers bands 1 (2100MHz), 3 (1800MHz) and 5 (850MHz). EE are deploying on the 1800Mhz spectrum for LTE. Vodafone and O2 are expected to deploy on the 900MHz band initially - LTE band 8, and in the UK, the 'prime' spectrum is the 800MHz (LTE band 20) stuff freed by analogue TV.

The iPhone 5 available on EE doesn't cover these frequency bands for LTE at all. In fact, none of the iPhone 5 models available for GSM or CDMA have any coverage on either of these bands at all, which means unless Apple release a new variant (fairly-unlikely) or new model (5S? more likely), no LTE, simple as that.

Just as an FYI, the Lumia 920 is a pentaband LTE device covering bands 1, 3, 7, 8 & 20, and will work on both EE, Three, and Vodafone O2 (CTI) when they deploy their respective LTE networks.

Sources: http://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/ & http://www.developer.nokia.com...e_specifications/Lumia_920/

My contract is due soon and i will be having one of them. Been with o2 for years and not had an issues with them. So long as they offer 18 month contracts on them.

TrekRich said,
My contract is due soon and i will be having one of them. Been with o2 for years and not had an issues with them. So long as they offer 18 month contracts on them.

If you're that confident, why not opt for the 24 month contract?

Mr Spoon said,

If you're that confident, why not opt for the 24 month contract?

Because in 2 years phone technology can change a lot. I would like a 12 month one if possible.

I'm with Three UK, I've had two good years with them. I've been with O2 and they are probably the worst in the UK. T-Mobile, I think they are OK and I've never dealt with Orange.

This situation is rubbish and will probably make me go for Samsung or HTC instead of Nokia.

This could be an awful decision for Nokia. The best WP7 device was the Samsung Omnia, it wasn't on EE at release, best WP8 device is exclusively on EE 24 month after WP7 release.

This decision seems like one of the late 00's Nokia, the decisions that made people turn away. This exclusivity is a punch in the face to a lot of WP7 users on other networks.

Edited by Gaffney, Oct 10 2012, 8:23pm :

I really hate exclusivity agreements, I don't think they work or are appropriate here in the UK. Most people don't choose their network based on what phones it has, they choose the network based on it's coverage in their area, price plans, and other factors.

If it's exclusive to EE (even though it may come to O2 later?), I won't be switching from Vodafone. I'll just buy an unlocked phone on my CC and continue to use Vodafone, who are the best in my area.

Trying to force people to switch networks by offering them exclusive phones is pretty much an American concept I think, and it sucks.

Edited by Ryster, Oct 10 2012, 10:27pm :

TCLN Ryster said,
I really hate exclusivity agreements, I don't think they work or are appropriate here in the UK.

And isn't that why the first iPhone stumbled a little in the UK? Because it was exclusive to O2, but they didn't sell as many as Apple had wanted, then they lost the exclusivity.

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